Adele’s Heartfelt Speech About Beyoncé After Winning The Grammy Moved Fans To Tears, But Her Action Afterward Was Even More Shocking

ByQuyen Anne

Mar 19, 2024

Did you know that the acclaimed British singer, Adele, is actually a huge fan of Beyoncé? However, at one point, these two legendary artists mus compete against each other for the widespread Grammy Award for Best Album of the Year.

The conversation around Beyoncé not clinching the Grammy for Best Album over the years gained new momentum when her fan, Adele, won the award in 2017 and openly shared her belief that Beyoncé deserved it. Fast forward to the 2023 Grammys, rumors swirled about another showdown between Adele and Beyoncé, but it was Jay-Z’s comments at the 2024 Grammys that reignited the discourse.

Why Adele's Grammy Speech About Beyoncé Matters

“I don’t want to embarrass this young lady, but she has more Grammys than everyone and never won Album of the Year. So even by your own metrics, that doesn’t work. Think about that. The most Grammys, never won Album of the Year,” said Jay-Z, Beyoncé’s husband.

The discussion around Beyoncé’s Grammy journey doesn’t just revolve around numbers; it’s enriched by the emotions and respect from peers, as seen in Adele’s heartfelt speech in 2017.

The music community was extremely pleased with Adele’s humble speech. “The most beautiful part is that Beyoncé looked genuinely happy for Adele when they announced.” A fan commented.

The debate around the Grammys’ decisions stretches beyond individual artists, touching on broader issues of representation and recognition within the music industry. Jay-Z’s critique wasn’t just about Beyoncé’s overlooked albums but underscored the broader challenges faced by Black artists in the major categories. Despite Beyoncé’s staggering 32 Grammy wins, her victories are predominantly in R&B and rap categories, sparking conversations about the categorization and celebration of Black artists’ work.

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Jay-Z’s discussion on “metrics” during his speech at the Grammys sheds light on the complexities of award wins, especially noting his relationship with Beyoncé. He highlighted the irony of major talents like Bob Marley, Snoop Dogg, and Miley Cyrus who have never won a Grammy, emphasizing the subjective nature of these awards and Beyoncé’s deserving yet unawarded status in the Album of the Year category.

The challenge of awarding the most deserving works stretches beyond individual tastes, raising questions about the Grammy’s criteria for excellence. This issue was notably controversial in 1985 when Lionel Richie’s album surpassed those of Bruce Springsteen and Prince.

In reaction, the Academy introduced a vote-vetting committee to oversee the selection process, an effort aimed at refining the awards’ credibility. However, as Adele passionately argued in 2017, praising Beyoncé and questioning the Academy’s decisions, the underlying issues of recognition and taste persist.

Additionally, a noteworthy moment occurred when Adele, upon winning the Album of the Year, accidentally broke her Grammy award. This incident, captured offstage and initially leading to speculation about Adele’s intentions to share the award with Beyoncé, was clarified as an accidental break.

Vanity Fair and W Magazine delved into this story, revealing that Adele indeed kept the award, even adding a unique touch by placing a lemon inside it – a nod to Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” and a symbolic gesture of solidarity and recognition for her peer’s artistry. This act of genuine appreciation highlights the camaraderie and respect among artists, even as they navigate the complexities of award recognition.

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